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A new three-phase multilevel DC-link inverter topology with reduced switch count for photovoltaic applications

Anbarasan P. (Department of Electrical and Electronics, St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, OMR, Chennai, India)
Krishnakumar V. (Department of Electrical and Electronics, St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, OMR, Chennai, India)
Ramkumar S. (Department of Electrical and Electronics, New Horizon College of Engineering, Bangalore, India)
Venkatesan S. (Department of Electrical and Electronics, Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi, India)

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 8 July 2020

Issue publication date: 8 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose a new MLI topology with reduced number of switches for photovoltaic applications. Multilevel inverters (MLIs) have been found to be prospective for renewable energy applications like photovoltaic cell, as they produce output voltage from numerous separate DC sources or capacitor banks with reduced total harmonic distortion (THD) because of a staircase like waveform. However, they endure from serious setbacks including larger number of capacitors, isolated DC sources, associated gate drivers and increased control difficulty for higher number of voltage levels.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper proposes a new three-phase multilevel DC-link inverter topology overpowering the previously mentioned problems. The proposed topology is designed for five and seven levels in Matlab/Simulink with gating pulse using multicarrier pulse width modulation. The hardware results are shown for a five-level MLI to witness the viability of the proposed MLI for medium voltage applications.

Findings

The comparison of the proposed topology with other conventional and other topologies in terms of switch count, DC sources and power loss has been made in this paper. The reduction of switches in proposed topology results in reduced power loss. The simulation and hardware show that the output voltage yields a very close sinusoidal voltage and lesser THD.

Originality/value

The proposed topology can be extended for any level of output voltage which is helpful for sustainable source application.

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Citation

P., A., V., K., S., R. and S., V. (2021), "A new three-phase multilevel DC-link inverter topology with reduced switch count for photovoltaic applications", Circuit World, Vol. 47 No. 2, pp. 173-183. https://doi.org/10.1108/CW-12-2019-0200

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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